23 May 2011

UK In Action: Trident Launch

A Trident II D5 missile is fired from HM Submarine Vanguard during tests in the Western Atlantic in 2005. A credible nuclear deterrent depends upon the ability to threaten an assured and effective response to aggression. The Trident II D5 missile has a range of over 4,000 nautical miles and an accuracy, which can be measured in metres. Each missile is technically capable of delivering up to 12 warheads, enabling a number of different targets to be engaged, and each Vanguard class submarine has 16 missile tubes. The missile is ejected from the submarine by high-pressure gas and only when it reaches the surface does the rocket system actually fire.

img from UK MoD

By: Widow 6-7

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